I love the New Year. In fact, I love Christmas, but I’m not ever sad when Christmas is over, because I look forward to the New Year just as much. It feels like such a fresh start. Things are new and easy to change at the beginning of a new year. I guess that’s the teacher in me? I don’t know…but as you all probably know by now, I’m a goal-oriented person. I love to set goals, and I feel great when I hit those goals. I thrive on goal-setting. In fact, I actually taught my 4th and 5th grade Sunday School class last Sunday how to set goals for their year. It went okay, but let’s just say that I realized that some are not as passionate as I am about goals! I may or may not have been a little too excited about setting goals. I got a few glassy eyes. Ha! Last year, I set several goals. I won’t review them all here, but I will say that I hit some, like having a regular, daily Bible time and a steady morning routine and missed others-like my book list! It’s just too hard for me to decide what books I’m going to read at the beginning of the year…I like more flexibility. Anyway, so today, it’s time to lay out a new set of goals for the year. For this, I use the same guide as I use for my weekly goals. I just modify the goals to fit into a year. So here goes…2015 goals. This year, I’m also going to include my plan for hitting these goals. I feel that you can’t have a goal without a plan. Let’s take a look!
- Use the reading plan for my morning Bible Study timeRead Through the Bible in a Year ( For Christmas, I asked for a Read Through the Bible in a Year Bible, and my mom got me a Chronological version! I’m really excited. It’s something I’ve never done-read the Bible cover to cover-so I’m really looking forward to it!)
- Improve my Prayer Life (Keep a running Prayer List for the family on the white board on the fridge) & (Pray and journal during my morning quiet time.)
- Spend More Time Having Fun as a Family (regular family Game Nights)
- *Hopefully* add a member to the family
- Include a Physical Education Time 3 days a week (Use book Home School Family Fitness)
- Include a Fine Motor Therapy Time Every Day (Use the OT Mom’s Handbook to Fine Motor Therapy) & (Do activities during read alouds)
- Use the positive responsibility system I created consistently
- Keep House Clean & Tidy (Use Motivated Moms App)
- Keep Dates & Bills Organized (Keep a Family Calendar) & (Centralized Location for Calendar & Bill)
- Eat Healthy (Read Eat Right for Your Type) & (Follow the PiYo eating plan)
- Continue drinking Shakeology once a day & start kids on it as well
- Exercise 4 times a week (Use PiYo Workouts) & (In addition, homeschool fitness plan)
- Finish paying off final debt (put 80% of all extra money to debt)
- Begin to save for car repairs or new-to-us vehicle (put 20% extra toward savings, after debt is paid off, put 100%)
- Read at least 1 book per month
- Plan the next week on the Friday before
- Blog at least once a week
Now, before I leave this blog post, let me say this: In 2007, my goal list didn’t include “Send husband to Oklahoma for a 6 month traning” or “Live in OK for 2 months” or “Prepare for husband’s deployment to Iraq”. In 2009, my goals did not include “Move to Morrilton”, in 2011, my goals never mentioned, homeschooling and in 2014, no where on my goal list would you find the word “adoption”. Here’s what I’m saying with that-while I love to set goals, I have also learned that God knows that about me, and because of my natural bent toward wanting to know, and wanting to plan, God tends to take me (and our family) on wild rides in the course of a year. For a while, I hated this…He was messing with my perfectly laid out plans, but as the years have passed, I have learned what a beautiful gift it is to plan, but then to say, “But, Father, your will be done in my life.” And see where He takes us. It’s been a wonderful journey so far. So, when you set your goals for the year, understand that a year is a long time, and God can really do a lot in your life in a year, so be willing to be flexible, be willing to bend on some of those plans and goals and dreams. It will be worth it. God’s plan has always been better than mine after all.
Happy New Year to you and your family. Praying for a wonderful year for all of you!